[CentOS] VMWare ESXi & CentOS5.4

Ryan Wagoner rswagoner at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 20:26:03 UTC 2010


On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM, Thom Paine <painethom at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a brand new Dell Poweredge T310 server with 4G ram and 1TB
> raid-5 hard drive in it. I Really only need to be able to run a copy
> of CentOS 5.4 on it, but I'm wondering if in the build process should
> I stick on ESXi 4 and then run CentOS as a vm? This would give me the
> options to roll out other VM's if I want over the life of the server
> (which I likely won't need) but the convenience of having them might
> be there.
>
> I'm only thinking of doing this because ESXi is free, and won't add
> any cost to this server.
>
> This server is going to be a domain controller for 5 workstations
> which will run Windows XP,  as well as host 1 website with email. It
> will setup a few shares for samba, and have one network printer
> attached to it.
>
> Any thoughts to this, or should I just put on CentOS 5.4 and be done
> with it? I know it's like asking what everyone's favourite colour is,
> but maybe a few replies will give me some ideas.
>
> Thanks.
>
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Just keep in mind your backup solution. You will not be able to use
external USB hard drives for backups on ESXi. ESXi works great when
you have more than one server. At one office I re purposed their older
server for files and backups running Windows on bare metal. I then
used ESXi on the newer machine with a few installs of windows for ad,
exchange, and a centos webserver.

Ryan


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